Two artists. Raquel Lea, and Jo Watts, came together with a common goal and opened Master’s Hand Gallery. In addition to showing and selling their work, they each hold a common belief: that their Master’s Hand is guiding them in all they do. They are grateful for His gifts to them and wish to honor Him each day.
On Wednesdays and at various times throughout the week, demonstrations of wheel-throwing and painting will be taking place in this extremely eclectic yet cohesive gallery.
Jo has been working with clay for more than fifty years and at this stage of her career, is now working not only with clay but with pencil, leather, silk, and watercolor.
Her education as an artist began as a teenager and continues today. She has taken classes and workshops on three continents, including study for her associates’ degree in sculpture at the Leeds Polytechnic in Yorkshire, England. By giving classes, she learns a great deal from her students and by observation, and trial and error she continues to grow and expand her repertoire.
This “ClaySmith” has been “seeking the light” for many years and has finally achieved that goal with her porcelain by making pieces thin enough for the light to penetrate the translucent clay. Combining hand-painted silk with her clay to make beautiful lamps is just one aspect of her use of light.
Her stoneware is both fun and functional with products ranging from her whimsical Wymusts and Muglies to teapots and mixing bowls.
Drawing, painting on silk and on leather is an art form that gives bright colors and immediate gratification (no drying and firing time involved!) to the artist as well as the collector.
Jo has work in collections in the United Kingdom, Israel, Australia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and the US. She has been named “Best Artist of Bastrop County” four times by the Austin Statesman newspapers in Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville.
With the exception of some bronze sculptures and prints of some 2-D work, all Jo’s work is unique – one of a kind.
Surrounded by Longhorn cattle, horses, donkeys, dogs and ducks, Jo’s studio is near her home on 24 acres in Bastrop County between Bastrop and Smithville. She gives pottery and other classes there and plans to conduct classes in the LPAC.